San Diego offers a bevy of interesting hikes. With average home price being around $500,000, they better be interesting!
To unwind, I typically stop on my way home from work to hike from Cardiff to Carlsbad on beach. For picturesque sunsets and “tasty waves”, beach between Cardiff to Carlsbad can’t be beat.
Cardiff - Starting
I typically start this hike by parking just south of restaurant row in Cardiff. Restaurant row is located to north of lagoon between Cardiff and Solana Beach on Highway 101. Parking is located on side of road, which is right up against beach. Give me convenience or give me death!
As you head north, you first pass Charlie’s and other restaurants. Past restaurants, you will come to beginning of bluffs that will line beach to end of hike. San Elijo campground is on top of initial bluffs and extends for roughly a mile north. The campground is very popular and temporary home of locals and tourist. You can tell difference by contrasting tans with sunburns.
Following San Elijo, you will walk through Sea Cliff County Park with bluffs over 100 feet high. An area known affectionately as “Swami’s” quickly follows this park. The name derives from fact area above bluff is home to Self Realization Fellowship Center. This area is know as hot surf spot, but is very crowded. If you are a bit winded, you can stop and watch 50 or so surfers maneuver for waves. Yes, traffic jams aren’t exclusively restricted to California freeways.